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New Survey of Upper Tweed Valley Sites

Peebleshire News

The archaeological survey of the Upper Tweed Valley has finally been completed by the Biggar Museum Trust. The archaeologists have been checking out every nook and cranny of the landscape in the search for previously unrecorded sites and monuments. The work has taken over three years, interupted in 2001 by the foot and mouth epidemic.

Tam Ward of the museum said: "This has been the largest survey we have undertaken and we have found hundreds of sites of which nothing was known. The final outcome of this project will be to re-write the ancient history of the Upper Tweed, and what a story that will be. A great deal of the past has been lost to us, but using our detective skills, it is possible to salvage much of the story by putting these sites back on the map."

The voluntary group has discovered new types of sites such as the strange burnt mounds dating to the Bronze Age over 4000 years ago and where people were heating water with hot stones.
Mr Ward added: "This is the first phase of the overall project. We have already started a search of documents to find out more, and finally, we hope to excavate on certain sites to prove what they are all about."

Archaeology belongs to everyone, and to inform the local community of the rich legacy of the past which surrounds them, a talk on the recent work will be held in Broughton Hall on Wednesday, March 31, at 7.30 p.m. "The Lost Past of Tweeddale Re-Discovered" will be given by Tam Ward in this free lecture, organised by the Community Council.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
26th March 2004ce
Edited 26th March 2004ce

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